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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 2,044
Hads: 6,366
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 468
Gots: 1,189 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 2,044 | Hads: 6,366
Photo of beerviews2013
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

pour: got a nice cloudy dark brown color with hints of red. The head on this beer was a light tan color with tight foam.

smell: on this brew was a sweetness some from the malts and some from the fruit used in this brew. Similar to a barley wine.

taste: stone went crazy on this one. Beer hits the pallet and you get a taste of everything, some hops some sweet malts some brown sugar and some berries with a little fruity feel to it.

Overalll: This is such a great brew even with the 11.20% abv still a smooth brew to drink. Yea it will mess you up but its good stuff all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Cheers!!!

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Photo of JimiO
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfect color for a strong ale... a little cloudy... looks rich... but not too dark... brown with a burnt orange tinge... head dissipated after a few minutes

Nice of the nose... hoppy... malty... caramel... a bit of citrus fruit... some musk...

On the tongue... the first sip I tasted bitter coffee that was nice and balanced...Second sip... very flavorful... nice complexity... still coffee but also burnt toffee and caramel... only complaint is that it is too bitter... the finish is all about the bitterness

It sits well in the mouth... feels active yet smooth

Overall... I like it... slightly disappointed as I was expecting a lot from this well touted ale... a bit too bitter for me... I think the "Bastard" is bitter

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Photo of Tony49er
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 VINTAGE A Year and a Half old or so....

Serving Type- Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance- Big thick head, tons of alcohol legs, a reddish cloudy brown color

Smell- Hops, caramel malts, tons of biscuit bread notes, some roasted notes and toffee

Taste- WOW a year and a half has done alot to this beer, alot of the hops have gone to the background and more of the great malts upfront on the palate, tons of toffee, caramel and biscuit bread notes, just wow, solid beer this beer with some age on almost has a barley wine style taste to it with some age on it

Mouthfeel- Very sold, medium to thick mouthfeel, very smooth

Overall- AWESOME just an amazing beer by Stone Brewing Company I love this beer and have had it for many years but never with any age on them and I am glad I put this one away for a while just great stuff if you have never aged this beer do so you will not regret it...CHEERS

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Photo of beer456
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not sure how a "Strong Ale" compares to a regular ale or even an IPA.

It is an interesting beer for a semi-novice like me.

So let me break it down like this - its tasty and potent. When I say tasty, I mean it. Its got a nice strong taste.

It almost tastes like a Double America IPA but it does not have that malt backbone that I frequently find in the Double IPA.

Anyways, a solid beer.

Tastes great and potent.

God Bless America for its beer in the year 2014.

This is a great time to be alive in America drinking beers.

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Photo of fgmiele
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2007 VINTAGE - far cloudier than modern version..thick and dark like apple cider with minimal carbonation. 7 years in the making. Little to no head. Beer is darker than the fresh stuff. Smells and tastes way boozier too. Apples and fruit. Hops are well hidden because of this which I don't necessarily like, but it's interesting. Like 120 min but not as pungent. Intriguing.

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Photo of itsscience
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 version, aged 1.5 years.

Pours dark amber with two fingers of off-white head that leaves thick lacing. The nose is malt forward with sweet and bready malts, raisins, overripe orange, and booze. It tastes very smooth with more of the caramely, bready malts, some alcohol heat, cherries, raisins, and figs, with burnt toast and roasted malt on the finish that imparts no astringency. Hop flavors or hop bitterness are mostly missing from this aged version: if anything I get a faint citrus taste, but it pales in comparison to the malt presence. The beer has a creamy, thick mouthfeel and despite the initial taste of alcohol, it's dangerously quaffable at 11.2 percent because you get none of that alcohol at the back end.

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Photo of zacalabeer76
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i really would like to review at this time but have no much to said i can said the color and smell is perfect the smell also really good but and the alcohol content>>>>>wow if you are a really good craft beer drinker and you like some good stuff.... go ahead and open a bottle.please forget about that american piss you drink everyday ok and enjoy the really good stuff....try your self!!! this a world class beer!!!

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Photo of bman13
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Nice golden/red amber colored appearance with a 1 1/2 finger head. Next to no lacing at all (11.2% alcohol) so cant ask for much ha

S - nice! Smells sort of like a barley wine but doesn't at the same time. VERY earthy and somewhat sweet smelling. Also a trace of hoppy goodness. Ugh divine!

T - first taste, bitter but well balanced hoppiness character with a malty note as well as some fruity and sugary bite. JUST DIVNE. Tastes sort of like Stone's arrogant bastard as if it was on steroids and just tastes plain awesome! There is such a unique blend of tastes going on it really is HARD to describe in words. Very very VERY flavorful and I can taste so many different flavors going on I can't believe it . This is NOT for the faint of heart as the label describes. If you like STRONG flavored brews with a unique BUT awesome taste. This is literally the one. If you like ASA (American Strong Ale) YOU MUST TRY THIS. or you are not living.

M - Bitter but like I said EXTREMELY and I can't stress extremely enough when I say this, extremely well balanced with the hoppy goodness flavor (earthy) as well as a little not of fruit flavor. Just enough fruit to balance the bitter out but in no way is overly sweet like some beers. This literally is on my top 3 favorite beers of all time... it is very smooth and you can definitely "feel" this one at 11.2% alcohol. Its kind of weird. Once you drink a 22oz like I have you feel the alcohol but it doesn't taste "boozy" at all if you know what I mean. Don't get me wrong though, it doesn't taste like a 5% alcohol beer but it tastes FLAVORFUL but not very boozy if that makes sense guys?

O - this one is THE ONE. the golden one if I must say. It is ridiculous how much flavor stone brewing has packed into one beer, but this is in NO way a bad thing. If you are sick of soapy, bland, flavorless beer and demand something bold that stands out of the crowd GET THIS BEER. it is astonishing and just remarkable. If you are faint at heart this isn't for you, if you are scared of full flavor beer, this isn't for you. If you want something ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY ONE OF A KIND, THIS IS FOR YOU!!!

In collusion, I literally think this is my favorite beer of all time. I am a huge huge huge fan of flavorful beer that packs a big ol' punch. This beer is one of a kind and is only served on tap ( if youre lucky ) and in 22oz bottles beginning in November only until supplies last. I have bought out my local buehlers grocery store with this beer . So what if it is $7.99 a 22oz bottle. I have bought 30, yes 30 lol bottles of this 2013 release double bastard and have drank all but 3 of them and plan on ageing the rest till this summer. In will review one more time and let you all know how it tastes after aging 6-8 months. I'm sure it will be even more DIVINE. I LOVE THIS BEER WITH ALL MY HEART. May stone live on and keep producing this beer. My only complaint, is that they make it an all year round beer. But either way, This is my favorite beer of ALL TIME!!! peace guys :)

Serving type: 2013 release 22oz bottle at 45 degrees. ( fridge temperature)

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Photo of Ri0
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Dated 9/16/13

A - Dark amber with 1 finger eggshell head. Fair retention and no lacing.

S - Earthy hops, brown sugar, toffee, burnt caramel, and dark fruit. Scent is reminiscent of a barelywine.

T - Even at 6 months the hops are still very present. Earthy with citrus notes, they give off a bitterness. The malts come in with many different flavors of brown sugar, burnt caramel, toffee, and a little dark fruit. The finish has a nice bitterness to it.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation. Quite smooth with a barleywine like feel.

O - Big and bold this one can be drank fresh with huge hop notes or aged to make it more mellow and sweet.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Has a great redish amber color to it when poured into a bottle.
S: Smells like a mix between cherry and chocolate.
T: The taste at first was great. Very good hoppiness in the beginning that settled into a more dark fruit flavor. The problem is the after taste. It has a stronger alcohol taste that lingered on the tongue. The first couple sips were amazing but the more and more i drank the more alcohol i tasted.
M: Good, not too carbonated, and not too flat. Was a bit heavy feeling but still great.

Good beer with a high abv that you can taste the more you drink.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty dark amber beer with a foamy white head. Smells of caramel and hops. This is a very intense beer, with an overpowering caramel flavor, almost like burnt caramel, with a syrupy feel. The bitterness starts light, but then quickly grows stronger. Like Stone’s Ruination IPA, I found this a bit too much, but at the same time I really enjoyed sipping this over a two hour period. Not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure.

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz poured into LT pint glass

Had this beer twice before, 2010 and 2011. Came across a bottle for $6.99 in RI. Steal.

A: Dark red. Almost grapefruit looking. Slightly transparent. I wish I had a single Bastard next to it, but I'm almost confident this double looks lighter than the single. Nice carbonation. Decent head retention.

S: Cherries, dark fruits, toffee, spice, booze.

T: Good hop front, slight grapefruit, cherries, vanilla, some dark fruits I can't identify, big malt profile but well balance with the hops, little bit of toffee. Solid bitterness from the hops to balance the malts. Alcohol is barely present.

M: Solid body, but really not as heavy as I expected. Smooth. It actually feels like I'm drinking a single Bastard aged for a few months or so.

O: Very, very good Ale. Well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden under the intense malt profile. Stone rarely disappoints.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, slightly hazy amber in color with a small to medium, 1.5 finger head. Body is relatively translucent despite the haze and darker color. Retention and lacing are both very good.

S- First impressions of the the scent are toasty, hoppy, and strong. Mild malts hit your nose first, but hops bitterness quickly displaces the malt with a piney punch. Scents of strong booze underlie both previous scents. Malts make somewhat of a comeback and blend with the hops, reminding me of an American style barleywine.

T- Starts off with some mild hops bitterness and some strong malt flavors mixed in with a boozey profile. Bitterness takes over in the middle of the drink and both hops and dull malt bitterness take over. Bitterness is fairly strong, but not overly so, and is somewhat balanced by other malt characteristics. Bitter malt and hop profile presides until the end of the drink, then the hops linger with their bitterness the longest.

M- This beer has low to medium carbonation and is rather smooth, but not too thick across the palate. Very strong alcohol presence, yet somehow, the mellow, not too bitter flavors keep this one dangerously drinkable.

Overall, I think this is much better than regular Bastard. More balanced with malt and hops and less aggressive in the taste department than regular Bastard is oxymoronic to the name. A very good, very strong beer.

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Photo of Copernicus
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz. bottle into a snifter.

The color is a deep amber, bordering on the burnt orange with a brilliant copper luster. The bastard has depth. The head forms into a pleasant off-white at about a finger width and retains itself for a few moments. As expected, some real nice lacing is present throughout the experience.

The aroma instantly represents heavy malt character intimating dark dried fruits such as fig and black cherries but much roast. This hints at toffee more than caramel. There is surprisingly not too much hop bitterness on the nose.

The taste is where this bastard gets its arrogant power. It sneaks in with a smooth, almost buttery warmth, with gentle hints of vanilla, oak, toffee, and dark dried fruits. Then play time is over. An intense hop wallops the palate with piney punishment. It cuts through the initial malt and lingers well into the aftertaste, and it's very welcome.

The mouthfeel works here. It has a light, prickly and fizzy carbonation that appropriately balances out the warmth of the alcohol and the velvety texture of the body.

Overall, this beer represents a well-crafted balancing act of all those things we love, and it knows it. I would pair this with a strong aged cheese or save it for dessert and enjoy with a rich vanilla and toffee creme brulee or pineapple upside down cake.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark, almost black in color, lots of lacing as always
Heavy malt notes and perhaps some fruit and definite hops
Very hoppy just like the regular bastard, more bold and deeper malt depth though, definitely more bold in the ABV department, its masked pretty well, but at 11% you’re going to know it’s there.
I recommend this one over the regular bastard, it’s not something I drink all the time, but it is a welcome change.


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Photo of lou50rp
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with some carbonation, off white head
Fruity, alcohol smell
Taste is a mix of sweet fruit and hops. A mellow taste, not strong.
Mouthfeel is good with definite tingle from the carbonation
Overall it is ok, but not outstanding. My least favorite Stone offering so far.

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Photo of BrausBeforeHaus
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased this fine brew a few times now. So I figured now I would rate it to avoid any snap judgement on it.

I've always liked most of Stone's offerings, especially earlier in my exploration of beer when hops were the only thing that seemed to matter (how naive hah!). I always appreciated Arrogant Bastard as a decently-balanced ale with good character and widespread appeal. So when I found out about Double Bastard, I was intrigued to try a more extreme offering of the Bastard, and ready to compare the two.

You've no doubt read a few times about the lacy white head, coppery color, etc. I'll just skip to the taste and impression.

Wow! Is all I could say after having a few sips. It has a strikingly bold start, but nothing overwhelms or hits you with one profile. All the hoppy characteristics of regular Bastard are there, but with better malt balance to even it out and also a more boozy sweetness.

You can definitely tell its potency after a few gulps. However that potency is more subdued than the 11.2% ABV might have you believe. A few friends of mine who have tried it were all shocked to learn it was that alcohol-infused, they guessed about 8.5-9%.

All in all, I believe this brew to be far superior to regular Arrogant Bastard. I am more partial lately to "extreme" style beers with strong ABV and character. It is a definite recommendation that you pick up a bottle if you fall in line with those tastes. I have already given it a good review amongst peers who are looking for something new and different in the beer world.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 Release.

A: Pours a mostly clear copperish ruby with an off white head. Head takes a couple minutes to dissipate leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Just a few bubbles of visible carbonation.

S: Very mellow aroma on this one that reminds me of a farmhouse I used to visit as a child. Malts add a big richness that overwhelm the hops. Certainly fig, raisin or another dried dark fruit pushes through.

T: Very bold flavor on this one. A wallop in the face of intense malt flavors that barely beats out the dramatic hop entrance. Carmel or toffee adds some sweet flavors. Hops linger in the aftertaste.

M: Full body with moderate to low carbonation. A bit dry on the finish from the amount of hops. Not too hot considering the ABV but certainly warms you up.

Overall this one is just screaming to be aged. Haven't had one in a couple of years and am really able to appreciate this beer now. A very serious bastard that will leave you wanting more.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Stone Double Bastard is an American strong ale with a big 11.2%ABV~ Pours light to medium brownish/burnt orange with tons of sediment~ Nice big, full body robust head that sat pretty for several minutes~ Nose is malty, sweet, hoppy, bready, raisin, pine, fruit and vanilla~ Feel is smooth, creamy, full, warming, bitter and boozy~ Taste is intense, as per usual with Stone Brewery : Caramel, Malt, Bread, Brown Sugar, Grapefruit, Pine, Dough, Bourbon, Peach, Oatmeal, Plum, Oak, Cherry, Banana, Citrus, Toffee and Butter Biscuits~ Just an absolute Jaw Jacker... BIG, Heavy and Full flavored to the max! This liquid glory absolutely floors and round house drop kicks the Fu€k out of the taste buds and palate, satisfies and covers the 11% like a champ... Overall: 95

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Photo of LisaEisMe
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22 ounce Beer Club Mug-$7

A- Deeper orange in color.2 finger lingering head.

S- Hop was evident, pine and citrus with bready aroma.

T- Not as hoppy as I anticipated, smooth. nice full piney taste.


O- I liked it much but it is a dangerous beer. Knocked me over big time. Sip slowly and enjoy.

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dangerous beer. %11.2 Abv
Bottle to glass.
A- I'm really surprised about how little amount of head I got compared to other reviews on this page. Only about one fingers worth but it didn't settle as I drank and lacing was evident all the way through.

S- Molasses and black cherries. Deep dark fruity feel in the aroma.

T- Raisins, cherries, molasses with a slight bitter bite following. Yum!

M- Smooth and very creamy. The taste lingers on the sides of the tongue while the creamy taste rolls down the middle.

O- Great after dinner beer for sitting around and chatting. Pairs wonderfully with pineapple and other creamy deserts (chocolate fondue anyone?) This label screams eat with devil's food cake.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a dark murky brown ales with plenty of carbonation running up to the top. The center of the beer nests some lovely red and copper hues while the out edges get just a smidgen lighter in saturation. The head is thin and light tan, and quickly become a thin ring with some good lacing.
The aroma is sweet, banana bread and figs are the first thing I pick up, mild brown sugar follows and then mild pine and earthy smells mixed in with some dark malts tail the scent.
It is really smooth and I cannot believe this is a high ABV ale, its mildly sweet overall and the hops are strong but not over powering, the malts and hops are perfectly balanced in this one.
It is medium bodied and it really warms up your mouth without getting too foul!

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Photo of IronLover
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber in color with a slight haze that clarifies as this warm. Poured with a thick off-white foam that is fed by a lazy, but steady stream of bubbles from the depths of the glass. The thick, rich cap leaves sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Citrus pineapple aroma up front with undeniable booziness in tow. Intense sweet caramel malty aromas follow with pine hop aromas deep in the background. Full bodied and sticky sweet, with an incredible, delicate, creamy smooth feel. Caramel malt flavors barrel right down the middle with pineapple hop bitterness around the edges that transition to pine hop flavors from the middle to the end. The boozy heat hides beneath the hop bitterness up front but slowly intensifies through the middle to the end. Finishes with a soft, slightly dry feel with lingering pine hop bitterness and lots of boozy heat. This beer is a force that lives up to its name.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City, paired with a pressed turkey and cheddar with sauerkraut and whole-grain mustard on marble rye bread. Served in a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Pour yields a sudsy caramel off-white head of a finger ahd a half. Mostly microbubbles, but a smattering of larger, soap-like bubbles are atop the beverage as well. Retention is excellent and leaves spots of lacing on the glass as I drink it down. Supporting the head is a beautiful dark crimson-amber hue with some shades of magenta or almost purple to give it an amethyst like quality, but more red. Maybe like a cross between an amethyst and a ruby. Very pretty shade of red in any case.

Smell - The smells of caramel malt and pungent hops compete to be the most predominant on the nose. Beneath that there are elements of dark fruit--specifically black plum and perhaps black cherry, but without any of the tartness that usually accompanies cherries. Maybe even some hints of raisin as well, although faint. the hops used are earthy and peat-like, rather than citric or floral.

Taste - Initially, I get some light sweetness, like light molasses or maybe even Grade A (light amber) maple syrup. But that is quickly complimented by the bittering of the hops used to avoid this from becoming just a lot of sweet malt. The hops are aggressive enough to provide bitterness and allow me to recognize that common beer ingredient, but they don't overpower the main character of this beer, which is malt, sweetness and a touch of light pepper.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and medium bodied, with ample carbonation for the style, but still probably moderate levels on an overall scale. Finish is sweet, but not cloying.

Overall, a wonderful beer, especially when paired with the right food. It worked quite well with the acidity and pungency of the spicy mustard and pickled flavors of the sauerkraut. But it's certainly good enough to stand on its own, even though it might be a sipping beer. I did prefer it as it warmed and allowed the malt profile to shine.

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Photo of john0721
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A favorite of mine in the "bastard" series for more the a decade.

2014 version, 22oz bottle.

brown sugar and pine in the nose.

Flavor starts with sweet brown sugar, toffee, followed by pear, apple, pine, orange, lemon, grape, cookie, all well balanced.

Ends with long bitter finish.

This one I keep coming back to, year after year.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,044 ratings.